KOLKATA: Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Shane Watson admitted that 2017 was the “worst IPL” that he has ever had but is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the team wins their final game against Delhi Daredevils. Royal Challengers have only two wins in the season so far, and if they finish with that count, they will equal the worst performance by a team in IPL history. They recorded the lowest total in the tournament – 49 all out chasing only 132 – lost five out of six home games – one of which was despite Samuel Badree taking a hat-trick – and their batting has underwhelmed so much that they have the worst average (17.67) and strike-rate (117.03) among the eight teams. Watson’s personal figures were similarly sombre – 67 runs in seven innings with the bat and an economy rate of 10.02 with the ball – but he wants to wrap things up a little better, if only to give some joy to the supporters for keeping the faith.
“The one thing I’ve realised playing for Royal Challengers the last two years is how incredibly loyal the fans are. Whether that was doing incredibly well last year or this year when we weren’t doing well, but everywhere we went, obviously here at Chinnaswamy, and other parts around India, the support Royal Challengers get is nothing compared to what I’ve experienced before. Even playing for Rajasthan [Royals], outside of playing in Jaipur, there was certainly no real support, they support the opposition as it should be. Whereas in Royal Challengers, you go to Kolkata, even though it’s a horrendous day for us, there’s still RCB chants going around at Eden Gardens, which was just mind-blowing.”